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Seeing as accountable action: The interactional accomplishment of sensorial work. / Gibson, Will; Vom Lehn, Dirk.

In: CURRENT SOCIOLOGY, Vol. 68, No. 1, 01.01.2020, p. 77-96.

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Gibson, W & Vom Lehn, D 2020, 'Seeing as accountable action: The interactional accomplishment of sensorial work', CURRENT SOCIOLOGY, vol. 68, no. 1, pp. 77-96. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011392119857460

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Gibson, W., & Vom Lehn, D. (2020). Seeing as accountable action: The interactional accomplishment of sensorial work. CURRENT SOCIOLOGY, 68(1), 77-96. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011392119857460

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Gibson W, Vom Lehn D. Seeing as accountable action: The interactional accomplishment of sensorial work. CURRENT SOCIOLOGY. 2020 Jan 1;68(1):77-96. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011392119857460

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Gibson, Will ; Vom Lehn, Dirk. / Seeing as accountable action: The interactional accomplishment of sensorial work. In: CURRENT SOCIOLOGY. 2020 ; Vol. 68, No. 1. pp. 77-96.

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